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New Barbie collection inspired by Aussie beauties

Sydney: Australian models including Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Catherine McNeil have so far inspired leading designers, magazine editors, makeup artists. Now, these catwalk babes have inspired Mattel - the makers of Barbie, the world`s most famous doll.

Barbie`s new collection has a distinctively Aussie look, with some of the 12 new mini models inspired by Australian beauties.

The Barbie Basics Collection was launched at Australian Fashion Week.

It has 12 dolls styled in the timeless little black dress, each featuring faces inspired by supermodels, including Aussies.

"You need to have that little bit something extra even in something like Barbie and this line delivers that,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Robert Best, Barbie principal designer, as saying.

"It is aimed at a fashion consumer and a consumer who`s going to be aware of the kind of girls like Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Catherine McNeil who are working and dominating the pages of fashion magazines," he added.

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